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Teenagers run rings around smart cards

Teenagers run rings around smart cards

| August 28, 2013

About half of Japan’s underage smokers have admitted to having bought tobacco products illegally using a borrowed Taspo card, the age-verification smart card used to purchase cigarettes from vending machines, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun story quoting the results of the research. The findings were reported by Takashi Oida, the professor at Nihon University who […]

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Altria to host presentation webcast

Altria to host presentation webcast

| August 28, 2013

Altria is due to host at altria.com a webcast of its business presentation to the Barclays Back-To-School Consumer Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, on Sept. 3, starting about 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will feature a presentation by Executive Vice President and CFO Howard Willard. Pre-event registration is […]

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ITM service center in Dominican Republic.

ITM service center in Dominican Republic.

| August 27, 2013

ITM Group has opened a new service center, GTS-SCM, in the Dominican Republic. The facility supplies machinery and spare parts to the cigar industry in the Caribbean and Latin America. GTS-SCM’s experienced and well-trained technicians also provide maintenance and services. Measuring more than 3,000 square-meters, the service center holds a vast stock of used cigar […]

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PM welcomes court’s suspension of new Thai health warning requirement

PM welcomes court’s suspension of new Thai health warning requirement

| August 27, 2013

Philip Morris (Thailand) (PMTL) has welcomed Friday’s decision by the Bangkok Central Administrative Court to suspend the implementation of a Ministry of Public Health requirement for enlarged graphic warnings on cigarette packs until the case against this measure has been heard. “We welcome the court’s recognition that this regulation should be suspended until this case […]

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Changzhou gives out portable ashtrays

Changzhou gives out portable ashtrays

| August 27, 2013

Urban patrol officers in Changzhou, China, have started to distribute portable ashtrays in an attempt to reduce the number of cigarette butts littering streets, according to a China Daily story quoting the Modern Express Daily. The first 5,000 portable ashtrays were distributed free of charge on Friday in Nandajie, the city’s busiest commercial street. More […]

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Hi-Lite products change allegiance

Hi-Lite products change allegiance

| August 27, 2013

In what seems to be a pre-emptive strike against possible future product descriptor limitations, Japan Tobacco Inc. is bringing two of its Hi-Lite products under the Winston brand name. In many markets, though not in Japan, words such as “mild” and “light/lite” have been banned from use in respect of tobacco products and, in what […]

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EU Commission believes cigarette pack regulations will not boost illicit trade

EU Commission believes cigarette pack regulations will not boost illicit trade

| August 27, 2013

The European Commission believes that its proposed new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) will not increase the illicit trade in cigarettes. In the preamble to a written question, Slovakian MEP Monika Flašíková Beňová said that, according to the commission, the review of the TPD was aimed at finding ways to reduce the volume of cigarette sales […]

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Karnataka crop down by 10 percent

Karnataka crop down by 10 percent

| August 27, 2013

Unhelpful weather is expected to cause flue-cured production in Karnataka, India, this season to be down by about 10 percent on that of the previous season, 2012–2013. The Tobacco Board had fixed a crop size of 102 million kg for 2013–2014, up from 98 million in 2012–2013.

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Tobacconists tour Imperial R&D facility

Tobacconists tour Imperial R&D facility

| August 27, 2013

The Imperial Group’s flagship research and development facility in France has, for the first time, played host to a visit by French tobacconists. The laboratories, at a site in Fleury-les-Aubrais, near Orléans, have recently undergone a €1.5 million modernization and extension program. The 30 tobacconists were invited on a guided tour of the facility as […]

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Altria quarterly dividend declared

Altria quarterly dividend declared

| August 27, 2013

Altria said on Friday that its board of directors had voted to increase the company’s regular quarterly dividend by 9.1 percent from $0.44 to $0.48 per common share. The dividend is payable on Oct. 10 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 16. The ex-dividend date is Sept. 12, 2013. The new annualized dividend rate […]

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Deadline approaching for crucial EU Tobacco Products Directive vote

Deadline approaching for crucial EU Tobacco Products Directive vote

| August 23, 2013

With members of the European Parliament due to vote on a proposed new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) on Sept. 10, the U.K. smokers’ lobby group Forest has revised its No Thank EU campaign. The revised TPD, if passed in its present form, would, among other things, ban menthol and slim cigarettes, ban small pouches of […]

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No health concerns from e-cigarettes

No health concerns from e-cigarettes

| August 23, 2013

A recent U.S. study has found that chemicals in electronic cigarettes pose no health concerns for users or bystanders, according to a press note from the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) released through PRNewswire. The study, by professor Igor Burstyn, of the Drexel University School of Public Health, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is said to […]

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Flue-cured field day set for September 5

Flue-cured field day set for September 5

| August 23, 2013

The Virovitica-based Hrvatski Duhani is to host the Flue-cured Tobacco Field Day 2013 in Croatia on Sept. 5. This, the 14th such event, will start on Sept. 4 with a welcome dinner at the Pustara Višnjica hotel. Sept. 5 will be devoted to visiting tobacco fields and trials. In announcing the event, Hrvatski Duhani said it […]

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Anti-smoking campaigns have rural aims

Anti-smoking campaigns have rural aims

| August 23, 2013

Cigarette sales in Sri Lanka have gone down by 7 percent during the past several months due to the government’s efforts at discouraging smoking, according to a Daily News story quoting Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena. And now the ministry is waiting on a court judgement that is expected to give it the go-ahead to require […]

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Tobacco firms “slipping” into Myanmar

Tobacco firms “slipping” into Myanmar

| August 22, 2013

While some of the world’s biggest companies were trumpeting their arrival in Myanmar, tobacco manufacturers were slipping into the country without fanfare, according to an Associated Press story. British American Tobacco was said to have “shepherded a select audience of government officials to a low-key ceremony last month where it formalized a $50 million investment […]

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Researchers demand supply-side market

Researchers demand supply-side market

| August 22, 2013

The New Zealand Association of Convenience Stores (NZACS) has come out strongly against a suggestion that the government should consider banning convenience stores and dairies from selling tobacco products, according to Scoop and NZ City stories. Otago University researchers say that tobacco is too readily available, and that retail outlets are especially prevalent near schools […]

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Tobacco growing and manufacturing to be banned in United Arab Emirates

Tobacco growing and manufacturing to be banned in United Arab Emirates

| August 22, 2013

The United  Arab Emirates has agreed a comprehensive federal anti-tobacco will come into force next year, according to a story in the Khaleej Times. Under the new law, growing or manufacturing tobacco for commercial purposes will be banned. Existing manufacturing plants have been given a grace period of 10 years, but tobacco farmers have been […]

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E-cigarettes investigated by police

E-cigarettes investigated by police

| August 22, 2013

A decision to allow police in Cambridgeshire, U.K., to use electronic cigarettes at work has been upheld following a review over health scares. According to a story in the Cambridge News, the Cambridgeshire force’s Executive Board (EB) had been asked by the force’s “People Board” to reconsider the decision to allow the use of electronic […]

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Canadian trial provides “opportunity”

Canadian trial provides “opportunity”

| August 21, 2013

After a two-month break, the Blais and Létourneau class actions trial against Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd. and other Canadian tobacco companies resumed on Monday in the Quebec Superior Court before Mr. Justice Brian Riordan. According to an Imperial press note, the case, which is the first of its kind in Canada, is providing Imperial and […]

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FCTC means no harm to tobacco industry

FCTC means no harm to tobacco industry

| August 21, 2013

Indonesia’s Health Ministry is trying to push the country into ratifying the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi recently told reporters that her ministry had asked the president for permission to ratify the treaty. Nafsiah said that while Indonesia was one of the 192 countries that had formulated […]

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Imperial’s Australian packaging getting greener—and not just plain olive green

Imperial’s Australian packaging getting greener—and not just plain olive green

| August 21, 2013

While news about cigarette packaging in Australia has focused recently on legislation requiring that it be made to look ugly, some positive developments have been going on behind the scenes. Imperial Tobacco’s Australian (ITA) business, for instance, has reported that it has been recognized by the government for its “careful approach to product packaging.” ITA […]

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Logical outcome

Logical outcome

| August 21, 2013

LOGIC Technology is continuing to outperform its U.S. competitors in sales of electronic cigarettes per distribution point, according to a LOGIC press note quoting figures from Nielsen’s latest Item Rank Report. The Nielsen report, based on sales from convenience stores nationwide, posits LOGIC electronic cigarettes as the only major brand demonstrating increased sales since the […]

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Turkey has fewer tobacco users smoking fewer cigarettes post public-places ban

Turkey has fewer tobacco users smoking fewer cigarettes post public-places ban

| August 20, 2013

The number of tobacco users in Turkey has fallen by about 7.5 percent since 2008, while cigarette consumption has fallen by more than 10 percent, according to a Cihan News Agency story quoting data from the Turkish Statistics Institute. In 2008, 31.2 percent of people aged 15 or over—about 16 million people—used tobacco on a […]

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Packaging plan threatens shops, jobs

Packaging plan threatens shops, jobs

| August 20, 2013

Hundreds of shops would be forced to close and more than 3,000 jobs would be lost if the Scottish government were to go ahead with its plans to introduce standardized packaging for cigarettes, according to a story by Eddie Barnes for The Scotsman quoting new research. A paper by the Centre for Economics and Business […]

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Growing tobacco at home is taxing work

Growing tobacco at home is taxing work

| August 20, 2013

British people caught farming their own tobacco have been warned they could face a hefty penalty if they do not pay duty on it, according to a story in The Star. With 20 cigarettes retailing at about £7-£8 and 25 g of fine cut retailing at about £8, some smokers have taken to growing their […]

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